Collectable Horse Brasses
Horse brasses date back to Ancient Rome and have been widely used to decorate and protect horses throughout history. They're typically cast in brass and can be used purely for embellishment or as status symbols. Horse brasses can also serve as good luck charms and particular designs are believed to help ward off evil spirits. These brasses are perfect for collectors looking to add to a collection or those looking to start something new.
Choosing a Collectable Horse Brass
These flat brass plaques are highly collectable items due to the wide variety available. Whatever your area of interest, you'll find thousands of original and reproduction horse brasses to choose from. Options include a range of simple designs such as clubs, hearts, diamonds, spades and crosses. Crescent moons, suns and stars are popular choices if you'd like to bring good luck or protect a horse and its owner.
Intricate designs created to commemorate special events, such as Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897 and limited edition pieces cast in bronze are also available. You can also find designs inspired by trades that feature illustrations of equipment such as barrels and motor engines. Family crests, hunting insignia and a variety of abstract patterns can also be found.
Horse brasses typically measure 3 x 3.5 inches, however, you'll find a range of sizes available that can be attached to a harness strap with relative ease. Choose from job lots, collections, brass and strap sets or individual horse brasses to suit your preferences.
To find what you're looking for faster, you can search by style and period; options include Elizabethan, Victorian, Edwardian, art deco and arts and crafts. Several types are available such as vintage horse brasses, heavy horse brasses and antique horse brasses.
You can also search by age with horse brasses split into five distinct groups; pre-1800, 1800-1849, 1850-1899, 1900-1940 and post-1940.